William & Mary in the winter is magical, from the frost-covered Crim Dell bridge to Grand Illumination in Colonial Williamsburg, where holiday lights make the night glow. This past semester I went to my first Yule Log Ceremony and heard President Reveley read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in his famous, deep voice. My love for Williamsburg winters began, but what I didn’t realize was that I would love spring at W&M just as much.
Colonial Williamsburg has got to be one of the best parts of a William & Mary spring. Sitting outside with friends at The Cheese Shop with a loaf of bread and a jar of house dressing is a million times better when the sun is shining and all the tourists are walking around, struck for the first time by the quaint charm of DoG street. Potential students are walking toward the bookstore, ready to buy their first W&M t-shirt. Dogs are running around, probably confused as to what time period it is. The grass is green and everyone is smiling.
Living near Colonial Williamsburg (or CW, as the locals call it) has been so much fun. Being able to wander around such a beautiful campus and town is probably one of the reasons I’m so happy here. Springtime is also when W&M Greeks roll out their awesome philanthropy events, benefitting local and national charities while also giving students a chance to show off their creativity with group themes. So if you don’t enjoy playing golf on the Sunken Garden on a sunny Saturday while a group of students dressed as garden gnomes wanders past you, then you clearly don’t go to William & Mary.
– Emily Wynn